Chronic loneliness reached “epidemic” proportions in the U.S., even before the current pandemic.
Social isolation generates stress, which drives up levels of the hormone cortisol, contributing to depression, diabetes, sleep problems, a weakened immune system, and other physical and mental illnesses.
J.W. Freiberg or "Terry" discusses the social psychology and neurobiology of loneliness and connection, and the physical and emotional toll chronic loneliness can take, as well as offers strategies for identifying, managing, and overcoming loneliness, and changing the definition of loneliness.
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